Last Minute Recommendation: ELEKTRA

Consider this a PSA. The Deutsche Oper Berlin has only managed to sell half the house for tonight’s performance of Strauss’ “Elektra” (curtain at 8pm). It’s got a killer cast, headed by Nina Stemme and Waltraud Meier as opera’s most cuddly mother-daughter duo.Manuela Uhl, Burkhard Ulrich, Tobias Kehrer, Seth Carico round out the promising cast,…

Preparing for a Glorious Week of Opera

Yes, yes. When it comes to opera, Berlin is indeed an embarrassment of riches. And while the opera season in the US has been over for the past month, and the summer festival season is still a month and change off, Berlin’s three opera houses are still going strong through mid-July. The coming week features one…

A Glittery Cast for “Tristan” Wishes Matti Salminen “Auf Wiedersehen!”

At 70, Matti Salminen is making his final appearance at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Finnish bass’ longtime Stammhaus this coming Saturday. There are still plenty of tickets available for what promises to be an exciting performance of Tristan und Isolde. Graham Vick’s 2011 production ain’t much to look at, but the evening’s cast is hard to top. Nina…

Wagner, Meyerbeer, Mozart and Britten among Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 2016-17 Premieres

  The Deutsche Oper Berlin is the first of Berlin’s three opera houses to announce their plans for the coming season. The six premieres will include a much-awaited new Huguenots from director David Alden and starring superstar tenor Juan Diego Florez. Along with Meyerbeer’s little-seen masterpiece (the single most popular opera of the 19th century), the company will…

Full Range and Scope of Operatic Diversity Characterize 2015-6 Season in Berlin

With this morning’s Jahrespressekonferenz at the Schiller Theater, Berlin’s operatic program during the 2015-16 season is complete. Starting in the fall, Berlin’s three full-time opera houses will present a combined total of 22 new productions and 64 repertory works, ranging from 1689’s Dido and Aeneas at the Staatsoper (in Sasha Waltz’s transcendent production) to the world premiere of Elens Kats-Chernin’s Snow…

Anja Harteros is ‘Tosca’ at the Deutsche Oper

Pretty much the only redeeming thing Alvis Hermanis’ disappointing “Tosca,” which opened the Staatsoper season several months back, was a remarkable and assured debut by Anja Kampe in the title role. Head over to the Deutsche Oper next week for that company’s classic Boleslaw Barlog production. The main draw is star soprano Anja Harteros, a…

The Deutsche Oper is Back!

This autumn in Berlin, the opera scene has been less overstuffed than usual, owing to the three month closure of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, due to badly-needed renovations. This season, the company was supposed to have moved down the road (literarily) into the Schiller Theater, which was intended as the the Staatsoper’s temporary home from…

On the Horizon: Berlin Opera in February

As Berlin enters into its coldest month, we inaugurate a new feature, a monthly forecast of the operatic offerings in the Hauptstadt. If you’re not camping out at the Berlinale (or even if you are), we can guarantee that the place you most want to be in Berlin is inside a well-heated opera house for…

Carlo Triumphant

It is rare for a production to be better cast in repertory than at its premiere, but precisely that is the case with the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s current revival of Marco Arturo Marelli’s 2011 production of Don Carlo, which kicks off a month-long Verdi marathon. On Thursday night, the first of the revival’s five performances,…

Tonight: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Some of you may recall that Anja Harteros backed out two seasons ago of the  premiere of Marco Arturo Marelli’s production of Verdi’s Don Carlo.  Well, after dazzling audiences in Salzburg and Munich, Harteros will finally tackle Elisabeth at the DOB tonight. I personally had mixed feelings about Marelli’s grim production when it débuted,  but that’s…